Wellness Weekend, November 24-28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I know that today is a big day for many of you in the States–I hope it’s a very happy one, filled with family, friends and other loved ones (and let’s not forget the fabulous food!).

And since we’re all here for the food, let’s get to it!  Last week’s submissions certainly didn’t disappoint, with a wide range of dishes and some really innovative ingredient combinations.  In keeping with the day, today’s highlights all fit in with the holiday, with foods fit to share with others:

  • White Bean, Quinoa and Kale Stew from The Taste Space.  One-pot meals are a great way to share with those you care about. 
  • Crunchy Bittersweet Chocolate Bites from City/Life/Eats. These would make a wonderful gift to share over the holidays. 
  • Kamut Gingerbread Pancakes from Hol: Fit.  You know I’m a pancake fiend, and these sound like they’d be great at a brunch table (but my version would have to be gluten free, of course).
  • Coconut Bacon from Green Gourmet Giraffe. I’m totally intrigued by this recipe, and would love to share a batch at my own holiday brunch table (maybe alongside those kamut pancakes, hmm?).
  • Mushroom Nut Roast from Wheat Free Meat Free. How could I leave out a nutloaf in a holiday-type roundup? A great main dish! ;)

And the Reader’s Choice this week was:

  • Raw Spice Cake Truffles from The Palate Peacemaker!  So many of Desi’s creations look spectacular, but these raw truffles really hit the right spot with all of you.  Hope you’ll share. :)

Thank you to every one of you who played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

Please join us for Wellness Weekend this weekend! There are so many options for healthy foods. . . whether or not you’re vegan, remember that many salads, veggie side dishes, pasta dishes, desserts, smoothies, and more are naturally vegan and can all be included! :)


  1. The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. Please do not link more than once to the same web page!
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page. The post must contain a recipe.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL PER POST, PLEASE.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • Any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT. Any real food ingredients that are sugar-free and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, those mushrooms, that nutritional yeast, miso, etc! I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients (note that regular brown sugar is actually refined!);
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, faux “cheese,” faux “meat,” or margarine, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.);
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey).

“Hey! Why was my entry removed?”

  • The most common reason entries are removed is because they don’t adhere to the guidelines: either they don’t contain a link back to this post, they contain ingredients that aren’t listed here, they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old, or they contain neither a recipe nor anything directly related to food preparation. If you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go! For older posts, you’re welcome to re-post them during the week of the event, or choose a newer recipe.
  • Another reason posts are removed is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to a different post or the home page for another blog event.
  • Only one thumbnail per post, please. If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky. :)
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!

NOTE: A few of you have mentioned problems linking up in the past couple of weeks because of the backlink requirement. If the linky won’t work for you, please let me know so I can tell the Linky Tools owner and the problem can be fixed!




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  1. Waah! I tried to link up again and it still tells me I don’t know what I’m doing – so frustrating. I have a great dressing and gravy combo that I want to share http://www.gfedge.com/2011/11/gf-low-carb-vegan-dressing-and-cream-gravy/ Stupid Mr. Linky!

  2. I agree on Desi’s raw spice cake trufles being the reader’s choice, but my runner up would be those crunchy chocolate bites from Valerie so I’m glad you mentioned them. Other recipes–like Coconut Bacon–intrigue me! ;-)

    I’ve linked up the Crunchy Long Grain & Wild Rice recipe I shared for the NFCA Gluten-Free Holiday How-To campaign thise week. Even though it’s past Thanksgiving now, this recipe would be wonderful any time. I made it twice within one week for holiday events. We loved it! :-)

    I also linked up my Honeybear Brownies as they can made with agave or stevia and flax eggs.

    Thanks for hosting Ricki!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Ricki! Wholesome stews need the love, too, to combat all those tasty treats. :)

  4. Ricki, you are now my number one resource. I’ve just committed to a 30 day vegan diet! It was just a matter of time… :)


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